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Wrestling Federation of India President Denies Allegations, Wrestlers’ Protest Temporarily Halted

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The President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Brij Bhushan Singh, has refuted claims made in recent media reports that the father of a minor wrestler deliberately filed a false police complaint against him. According to the reports, the father sought revenge after his daughter was overlooked for selection in the Asian U17 championship trials. Singh, however, declined to comment on the matter, stating that it is before the court, and it is the court’s responsibility to uncover the truth.

Addressing the issue, Brij Bhushan Singh stated, “All the matters are before the court. The government has also assured the wrestlers that a chargesheet will be filed in connection to the case before June 15. Let the chargesheet be filed. I don’t think I should say anything now.” The outgoing WFI chief’s statement came after media reports revealed that the minor wrestler’s father admitted to intentionally filing a false complaint against Singh.

Following a five-hour-long meeting with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, the protesting wrestlers have decided to temporarily suspend their protest until June 15. They were assured that a thorough investigation into the allegations against Brij Bhushan Singh will be completed by June 15, and a chargesheet will be filed accordingly.

Minister Thakur expressed, “I had a long 6-hour discussion with the wrestlers. We have assured wrestlers that the probe will be completed by 15th June and chargesheets will be submitted. The election of WFI will be done by 30th June.” He further assured the wrestlers that neither Singh, his family members, nor close associates will be allowed to contest the election for the top post of the WFI, which is scheduled to take place before June 30.

The developments in this ongoing controversy highlight the need for a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts surrounding the allegations against the WFI president. The temporary suspension of the wrestlers’ protest indicates their willingness to allow the legal process to proceed and await the outcome.

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